Zombie Pinups: Meaghan

December 22nd, 2008

As you can see, I am a little behind in editing a few sets of photos… these zombie pinups of Meaghan were done back in August! Good grief, Tanya! At the moment I am caught up on everything but my website redesign, and I am severely procrastinating on it. In a way this is good, because I finished this set!


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The “big” news I alluded to

December 18th, 2008

A little while ago I mentioned I had big news, and that news is: I am finally launching my own business (officially)!

I will be operating under Photography & Design by Tanya Plonka.

Essentially, I will be offering all the same services I have done all along!
-Portrait photography (individuals, couples, kids, families, bands, etc)
-Wedding photography
-Commercial photography
-Event photography (ie, dance, concerts)
-Website design
-Poster design
-Misc other print design
-Photo restoration
-Image manipulation & retouching

I was planning to hold off on this until my website redesign was finished, but I’m being indecisive so that will be a while yet! I’ll make a big announcement when the new site is up. I’m hoping to have it finished over the Christmas break, since I have no place that currently showcases my design work.

This news comes after Litwin Photography became too much for Hope to handle while she stayed at home with Jaxen, so they are bringing the business back into their home at a much smaller scale and closing the retail space.

I am choosing not have a studio at first, but will shoot anywhere on location. My goal is to keep my overhead down as much as possible, because I want to be able to offer people affordable photos during this bad economic time. I am still more pricey than, say, Sears or a just-turned hobbyist-to-“pro” photographer, but am trying really hard to stay below the costs expected from professional photographers. I come from a family with a limited budget who has always valued photography, so I find it important to allow nearly any family access to gorgeous keepsakes! I have different price points for everyone, from affordable prints to high end books and wall art pieces :)

All of my prices will be listed on my new site, but to give you an idea, sitting fees start at only $40, and my prints at $5!

Okay, /sales pitch.

I have been putting together my samples, and decided to do one of my albums based on the photos I took of Sarah with her horse Santana in 2007. Earlier this year I had looked back at them, and though I loved them more in content and emotion than the new ones of her with Theo (the red dress photos), I thought the quality just wasn’t as good.

Well, it turns out it’s just that my retouching skills have gotten a lot sharper this last year. I worked on the raw files, editing them from scratch, and I am so happy with the results! When it is finalized I will definitely share the album spreads, but for now here is the photo from the inside cover (a picture that didn’t even make my “final cut” the first time around):

Unfortunately getting everything set up, as well as adjusting to my new job at the University, is taking up a lot of my time, so I haven’t been editing personal photos, like the zombie pinups from earlier this year, or some cool Disneyland ones… but in time, I promise I’ll make more updates!

And if you know anyone who needs a wedding photographer for 2009, feel free to send them my way! I am already starting to book up, so it looks to be an exciting year.

Catherine and Tyler

December 6th, 2008

I want to make a large post with my favorite Litwin shots of the year, but I couldn’t wait to do the one I shot today. It was my first time taking bridals at night (and Jan actually did it for the first time last night!), and it was so much fun! We only had 20 minutes of sunlight after their ceremony, which we worked quickly for, and the rest was done in the studio and outdoors. Thankfully it didn’t rain or snow, and we managed to avoid the wind. And what a gorgeous couple!


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Texas Flood

November 27th, 2008

I had a great time taking pictures of Texas Flood, not only because Dino is in the band now… and not only because Paul brought some extra lights to spruce up Slice’s otherwise drab lighting… but mostly because they are such a fun band to watch, and Paul makes the best “guitar faces.” (okay, the lights and Dino help out a lot :P ) Shawna and Karen were a delightful addition on the few songs they sang for too!


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Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz

November 23rd, 2008

One of my favorite bands to see live, Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz, were back in town this Thursday to rock our socks off. I can never understand why so many guys there would rather mosh (ie, slam their bodies into other men) when there are women burlesque dancing right in front of them they could be watching instead. What's the deal with that??

I also got some props after :)
From their blog:

Our Lethbridge show last night was a hoot, so they’re keeping the bar pretty consistent for us. We had a rockabilly-feeling band open the show with a fun swinging set, I saw the tallest man in town, Johnny Smalls (that’s his really-real name… no lie) and didn’t see if the talented photographer Tanya was there. Hopefully she was, and I just missed saying hello to her and her camera.”


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“The whole damn lot of us”

November 23rd, 2008

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking photos of Dawn and Brett and their four children. (The subject of this entry is a quote from Dawn when she was first inquiring about photos :P ) Although we had some cranky kids (they took turns fussing), we made it work! There was a lot of chasing the runaways, but in the end we discovered all it took was a piece of gum to make everyone happy, shown in the second photo in Dawn’s hands (notice all the kids’ attention on it!).

Also… last week, Mardell and Bob (you will see them soon when I make a big post of my favorite Litwin photos from the year) came in to the studio and brought me a Christmas gift…


…of chocolates! The key to my heart :)

I have big news coming soon ;)